MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/AA241C99/helstonfloraday.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" Traditionally held on May 8th, Helston Flora Day is a relic of the ancient pagan festival of Beltane associated with the beginning of summer<= /title> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Author>john</o:Author> <o:Template>Normal</o:Template> <o:LastAuthor>kev</o:LastAuthor> <o:Revision>2</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>2</o:TotalTime> <o:Created>2007-01-13T23:41:00Z</o:Created> <o:LastSaved>2007-01-13T23:41:00Z</o:LastSaved> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>157</o:Words> <o:Characters>901</o:Characters> <o:Company>sundial</o:Company> <o:Lines>7</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>2</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>1056</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>11.6360</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:SpellingState>Clean</w:SpellingState> <w:GrammarState>Clean</w:GrammarState> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState=3D"false" LatentStyleCount=3D"156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--> <style> <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black; mso-font-kerning:14.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB;} span.SpellE {mso-style-name:""; mso-spl-e:yes;} span.GramE {mso-style-name:""; mso-gram-e:yes;} @page Section1 {size:595.3pt 841.9pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:35.4pt; mso-footer-margin:35.4pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> </head> <body lang=3DEN-US style=3D'tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=3DSection1> <p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'text-align:justify;mso-pagination:none'><span lang=3DEN style=3D'font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-bidi-font-styl= e:italic'>Traditionally held on May 8th, <span class=3DSpellE>Helston</span> Flora Day is a relic o= f the ancient pagan festival <span class=3DGramE>of<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>Beltane</span> associated with the beginning of summer. The town's streets are decorated with greenery <span class=3DGramE>and<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>the</span> = people of<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span><span class=3DSpellE>Helst= on</span> turn out<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>to take part in one of<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>a number of dances that ta= ke place throughout the day led by the <span class=3DSpellE>Helston</span> Tow= n Band playing the infamous Floral Song. The first dance takes place at 7am follow= ed by the Hal-an-tow at 8.30am - a noisy re-enactment of a deadly battle fough= t in the skies above the town between the Devil himself and the Archangel Michae= l - during which townsfolk<span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>  </span>clad in green and dressed as 'sticks' rush through the streets banging tambourines = and blowing shrill whistles. The <span class=3DSpellE>Childrens</span> Dance at= 10am is the most delightful; Young girls, garlanded and dressed in white are escorted by the boys wearing lily of the valley pinned to their shirts. The main dance or Furry Dance takes place at noon with couples dressed in their finery and accompanied by the town band. The last dance - the evening dance takes place at 5pm</span><span lang=3DEN style=3D'mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-= bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=3DMsoNormal style=3D'mso-pagination:none'><span lang=3DEN-GB><o:p>=  </o:p></span></p> <p class=3DMsoNormal><span lang=3DEN-GB><o:p> </o:p></span></p> </div> </body> </html>